Colonizer or Colonized

This innovative analysis of sixteen- and seventeenth-century France introduces colonization into the heart of the nation's literary history by demonstrating how French classical culture and colonialism emerged together, each shaping the other.

Colonizer or Colonized
The Hidden Stories of Early Modern French Culture

Sara E. Melzer

2012 | 328 pages | Cloth $75.00
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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I. FRANCE'S COLONIAL RELATION TO THE ANCIENT WORLD
Chapter 1. The Quarrel Between the Ancients and the Moderns as a Colonial Battle: The Memory Wars over "Our Ancestors the Gauls"
Chapter 2. The Return of the Submerged Story About France's Colonized Past in the Quarrel over Imitation

PART II. FRANCE'S COLONIAL RELATION TO THE NEW WORLD
Chapter 3. Relating the New World Back to France: The Development of a New Genre, the Relations de Voyage
Chapter 4. France's Colonial History: From Sauvages into Civilized, French Catholics

PART III. WEAVING THE TWO COLONIAL STORIES TOGETHER: ESCAPING BARBARISM
Chapter 5. Interweaving the Nation's Colonial and Cultural Discourses
Chapter 6. Imitation as a Civilizing Process or as a Voluntary Subjection?
Chapter 7. Imitation and the "Classical" Path
Chapter 8. Using the Sauvage as a Lever to Decolonize France from the Ancients
Conclusion. The Legacy of the Quarrel: The Colonial Fracture

Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments